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Duane E. McWaine ’80

Duane McWain ’80

A native of Oakland, California, Duane McWaine attended Longfellow, Crocker Highlands, and King Estates public schools before graduating from CPS high school. After receiving his AB degree at Princeton University, Duane completed medical school at the University of Southern California, now called Keck School of medicine, and psychiatry residency at Harbor General / UCLA Medical Center.

Duane opened his psychiatric private practice in West Los Angeles in 1988, focusing on HIV/AIDS, mood disorders, and addressing stigma in the Persian communities in Southern California and abroad. During that time he served as medical director at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services while teaching in the department of Biobehavioral sciences at UCLA Medical School. Appointed by Governor Gray Davis and continuing under Governor Schwarzenegger, he served on California’s statewide Council on Mentally Ill Offenders, pursuing ongoing interests in the severely mentally ill, stigma reduction and the intersection between the mental health and criminal justice systems.

After spending four years in New Zealand and Samoa, Duane returned to California, providing psychiatric care in inpatient and assertive outpatient psychiatric settings before joining Anthem Blue Cross in 2014. As medical director for Medi-Cal Behavioral Health at Anthem, he worked with colleagues in physical health and provider communities to develop initiatives and build teams focused on physical health / behavioral health integration, substance use disorder treatment in the primary care setting, and transgender services.

Currently, Duane provides consultation services to health plans, medical start-ups, pain management and transgender providers and PhARMa while caring for patients in acute psychiatric inpatient settings.


Networking Receptions for Alumni and Current Students

Friday, October 4

  • Alumnae Reception
    Hosted by Brigitte R. Anderson ’02, Principal and Founder, Orange Vista
    Prospect House, Garden Room
  • First-Generation, Low-income (FLI) Reception
    Hosted by Debbie Scott Williams ’84, Community Volunteer/Photographer
    Prospect House, Tap Room (Lower Level)
  • Graduate Alumni Reception
    Hosted by Anthony Noble *01 , Vice President and Chief of Staff, American Tower Corporation
    Prospect House, Presidential Dining Room
  • LGBTQ+ Reception
    Hosted by Duane E. McWaine ’80, Psychiatrist
    LGBT Center, Frist Campus Center 246
  • Trailblazers: Reception for Tigers from the 50s, 60s and 70s
    Hosted by Vanessa Austin-Davis ’76, PhD and Charles Davis ’76, Senior Counsel, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission   
    Prospect House, Library & Drawing Room


Fighting the Stigma: Open Conversations on Mental Health

Saturday, October 5

Join us as we destigmatize the discussion on mental health and learn how to be a safe space for others along their journeys. Hear from Princeton alumni and community members as they share their personal testimonies navigating mental health issues (or providing counsel) at Princeton and beyond.

Moderator: Duane E. McWaine ’80, Psychiatrist

Caty Caldwell ’13, Technical Program Manager, Microsoft
David Campbell, Clinical Psychologist & Coordinator of the Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Training Program at Counseling & Psychological Services
Yvonne Gomez-Carrion ’79, Assistant Professor in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Harvard Medical School
Beatrice Salter ’77, Clinical Psychologist